Borno ready to combat coronavirus, says Health Commissioner


As the number of those affected by the coronavirus continues to spread across Nigeria, Borno State Government on Thursday said it had established an isolation centre.

Addressing the media, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salihu Kwaya-Bura, said the erstwhile isolation centre for Lassa Fever which can comfortably accommodate 100 patients had been dedicated for quarantining cases of coronavirus.

The commissioner said the decision was made in order not to be caught unawares should the pandemic, which has created headaches for health managers worldwide, berth in the state.

He noted that the state was proud to announce that after five weeks without a new case of Lassa Fever, the epidemic was over and the centre dedicated for isolation of those affected can now be converted for use of coronavirus.

He said two cases of Lassa Fever were discovered in the state, with a person lost and the other fully recovered with no new case in the last five months, which signal the end of the epidemic.

He however said the monitoring was still on as the state would not want a degeneration.

He said there was no need for residents of the state to panic as there was no reported case of coronavirus in the state, promising that all necessary measures had been put in place to check against the disease.

Kwaja-Bura said that at all public places, measures had been put in place to combat coronavirus.

He said that materials, equipment, personnel were on red alert to be deployed at any point in time  on the fight against  pandemic.

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